Should jars and lids be sterilized before canning?
Jars and lids are sterilized during heat processing, so it is not necessary to sterilize them before canning. To be sure they are clean before adding food, wash them in hot soapy water and rinse clean. The one exception is that foods processed less than 10 minutes should be packed in sterilized jars. Be sure to check for cracks or chips in the jars before sterilizing.
Barbara Willenberg, Nutritional
Sciences, University of Missouri-Columbia
Last update: Tuesday, May 05, 2009